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  • Charles Knight
    03:05 PDA Bulletin Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are still missing months after U.S. troops entered Baghdad. British PM Blair is facing political heat as
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 18, 2003
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      03:05 PDA Bulletin

      Iraqi weapons of mass destruction are still missing months after U.S.
      troops entered Baghdad. British PM Blair is facing political heat as
      former Cabinet members testify before Parliament. The following news
      summary appeared on 4 NI news service < http://www.4ni.co.uk > on 17
      June 2003:

      "Prime Minister Tony Blair faced major embarrassment today as former
      leader of the House of Commons, Robin Cook, attacked the
      government's credibility over the war on Iraq. Speaking at the
      Foreign Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the government's
      handling of the Iraq crisis, Mr Cook insisted that intelligence
      reports leading up to the war on Iraq had been "sexed up", and that
      the threat posed by Saddam Hussein had been "exaggerated". Mr Cook
      described the government's September dossier on Hussein's
      weapons of mass destruction as "dodgy", and suggested that both the
      UK and US intelligence inside Iraq before the war began, was
      insufficient. He alleged that intelligence material had
      been "selected" in order to justify the case for war. He also
      reiterated his belief that he doubted Iraq possessed any WMDs.

      "Fellow ex-cabinet minister and former International Development
      secretary, Claire Short, also addressed at the inquiry in much the
      same vein. She described the Prime Minister's handling of Iraq as
      "an honourable deception," and insisted that most of the Cabinet had
      been sidelined in decision-making over the war. She also alleged that
      the UK and US had decided to go to war on Iraq as early as last
      summer.

      "Whilst these accusations have largely been repeated before –
      most completely in both ministers' resignation speeches – they
      appear less like ministerial sour grapes following the institution of
      an official inquiry by the Joint Services Committee into Iraq's WMDs."

      This is a good moment to review the documentation of the 2002-
      2003 inspections period and contemporary assessments of U.S./U.K.
      diplomatic and political maneuvers in relation to the inspections.
      In that regard PDA Websites have some excellent resources.

      The "War Report" archive on inspections --
      http://www.comw.org/warreport/iraqarchive.html#wi

      "First Strike Guidelines: the case of Iraq"
      by Charles Knight. PDA Briefing Memo #25, 16 September 2002 (revised
      and updated 10 March 2003) --
      http://www.comw.org/pda/0209schneider.html

      "Claims and evaluations of Iraq's proscribed weapons"
      by Glen Rangwala. University of Cambridge, U.K., updated 18 March
      2003. Posted on the Traprock Peace Center Website --
      http://traprockpeace.org/iraqweapons.html

      And check out what is new at PDA -- http://www.comw.org/pda/new.html
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